The first year of operation for Disneyland was disastrous for the new theme park, Disney is California Adventure. Compared to Disneyland, attendance was half that. While Disneyland opened to twelve million people in 2001, Disney California Adventure drew six million visitors. The new park needed a face-lift to increase attendance. While there are several good reasons to dislike the park, the lack of true E-ticket attractions and other issues have caused some negative comments.
A number of criticisms were leveled at the original park, so a major overhaul was necessary. After that, the company added Bugs Land and Tower of Terror. But, the park still needed a complete makeover, and Bob Iger, then CEO of the Walt Disney Company, decided to spend $1.1 billion on an expansion of the park. The new area included Cars Land and Buena Vista Street.
The newest attraction opened in May 2013. The Pooh show sadly lost its audience in its final years. But there are still reasons to love the Pooh ride. It’s a fantastic ride for younger children and is a great reason to visit the Splash Mountain area of the park. However, it doesn’t offer the same kind of emotional connection to fans of the film. And, in general, the theme park’s new attractions are better than its predecessors.
Despite the initial criticisms, the park continued to grow and expand. In 2001, Disney’s Electrical Parade and Who Wants to Be a Millionaire-Play It! were introduced to the park. In 2002, it added an area for children to play called Flik’s. The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror opened in May 2004. The rides were rethemed after these improvements. Disney was aware of the growing popularity of the park and added more to it.